i’ve recently just moved my blog over to another host (this is my 3rd time, i’m becoming somewhat too familiar with this, lol). hopefully i’ll stay with this host for a bit longer.
have a great day!
been still running, knocking out a 2 or 3 miler here and there. body has been doing ok, although my knee has been acting up, but i’m working through it. it’s almost time for some new shoes…maybe santa will bring me some mizuno’s for christmas 🙂
rock your pace and keep running!
i’ve so neglected my blog…but it’s ok. it’s more of reminder of the journey i am on…a journey that includes running and diet. but no journey is complete without a few bumps in the road. recently, i’ve had a few.
bump #1 – my first kidney stone. yes, i found out towards the end of july i have a 1-2mm kidney stone on my left side. it kind of explains a lot. that pain on my lower left side wasn’t my back as i had thought. i had herniated a disk on that side many years ago and it is always problematic, so i just assumed i was having back problems. after pissing a little blood and a few doctors visits, which included a CT scan, it was confirmed i have a stone. since it’s really small, not too much to worry about, just need to make changes in my diet to avoid the formation of more stones, and drink plenty of water, which is easy because i already drink a lot of water.
bump #2 – gallstones. with my family history (on my mom’s side), the doctor ordered a gall bladder ultrasound just to ‘check things out’. turns out i have gallstones too! luckily, i’ve never had any pain at all regarding this. the surgeon said he’d remove it whenever i’d like, but since i have never had an issue, i’m going to wait. for now, more changes to the diet and some foods to avoid.
minor bump – blood sugar is a little high. no surprise there, the damn family has lots of diabetics. but on a good note, my cholesterol levels are friggin great! gotta avoid the sugars from here on out.
so i feel like i can run for a few miles, and feel awesome, but can’t out run my genetics 🙂
with all this going on, i’ve begun to follow (loosely) a new diet, a low oxalate diet. i didn’t pee out any stones, but my guess, and the odds are, that the kidney stones are oxalate formed, hence the low oxalate diet. no more nuts, beans, chocolate, and other high oxalate foods. but as i said, it’s been loosely followed to ‘ease’ my way into it. there’s lots of great resources for this diet and some great recipes as well. once i get a little more into it, i’ll share a few recipes and favorite sites.
this may have hindered my running for awhile, but i’m back at it and enjoying this fall running weather! ttfn!
it seems like every run has its own unique battles. at times i may be battling joint stiffness, sore muscles, weather, fatigue, mental toughness or any combination of those. usually i work through them during the run, making adjustments along the way. knowing my limitations as well, i continue on to meet this “preset” mental goal.
my previous run, i had set my mind on 3 miles, but my heel / achilles was bothering me so much i had to stop short. i gave myself a good 2 days of rest. yesterday, i said “i want to run for 30 minutes”. distance wasn’t important, but the time was. i knew i could knock out 3 miles at a good pace if i ran 30 minutes, but i also wanted to not “push” for anything and just focus on feeling good for those 30 minutes.
mission accomplished. it was a great run and i felt wonderful, and my body felt good as well. a small accomplishment and meeting that “preset” goal made my evening. enjoy the weekend and keep running!
today i’m starting a 6 week wellness challenge via a work sponsored website. it’s really simple, you earn points daily for minutes of exercise, servings of fruits/vegetables, and 8oz glasses of water. i already drink a gallon a day so that part is easy. i just need to run some more and eat more fruits and vegetables.
i also found a cool app called “my diet diary”. it’s perfect for counting calories and logging exercise and meals.
let the games (and shenanigans) begin!